A downloadable game for Windows

Now in Active Development

Originally created for Ludum Dare 41: "Combine 2 Incompatible Genres"
Now in active development for commercial release

The rogue-lite genre meets chess in this open world game inspired by classic Zelda and the Dark Souls games, among endless rogue-like/rogue-lite games.

As you use Chess-based attacks in real-time combat, take down the skeletal army, collect "glory" from enemies, and keys from bosses to unlock new gear, attack powers, and upgrades!

Active Development

 Keep up with latest news by following us here and on Facebook! We will be posting development logs occasionally, until release.

Arden also posts occasional updates on Twitter: @ArdenJD

Ludum Dare Result

Out of over 2000 qualifying game submissions, Rogue Pawn scored 3rd place overall!  We're so thrilled! You can download the entry below.
See full results here

 Ludum Dare Demo Controls

  • Arrow keys to move.  
  • Z to attack
StatusIn development
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
GenreAction, Adventure
Made withAseprite, GameMaker: Studio, Pyxel Edit
TagsChess, darksouls, Game Jam, Ludum Dare 41, Roguelite, souls, turn-ba, zelda
Average sessionAbout an hour
LinksLudum Dare


Ludum Dare Release 14 MB

Development log


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my uncle made this game =D

nice game

I love this game. It has a good gameplay, mechanics, and just the idea is already icredible! It's even being updated! You guys are incredible!


Watched some gameplay from the Ludum Dare. So keen for a Mac release let alone an updated release since the Ludum Dare.


Thanks! Mac release is a goal!

This game looks so awesome, hoping for a port to Mac or Linux!!! If you need any help developing wise, I'd love to contribute.

I just played through the game and i absolutely loved it it does get easy after you know all the patterns but, what if you could come up with new types of pieces to spice it up? that would be cool or do a dlc that takes place during the future after midevil times possibly sci-fi based that indroduces new pawns while keeping some old. just throwing some things in the ring. I really hope to see this game take off. ( :

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It's supposed to be chess so a sci-fi wouldn't really make since.

also a pawn is the thing you play as, the enemies are other chess pieces.

June teaser image:


Looks good

@leafo Thank you!  More to come :D